Art, vintage, and much more on Pearl St
Historic neighborhood has a lot to offer
Published: Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 10:09
Old South Pearl Street in Denver seems to be untouched by time. It’s small houses, tiny coffee shops and unique art spots likely looked the same fifty years ago as they do now. Unfortunately, with downtown Denver’s Golden Triangle and Santa Fe Art districts being closer and bigger, this picturesque artsy part of town is often overlooked.
With numerous exceptional businesses – all on one street–an apparent specialty of Pearl St is vintage items. Denver Folklore Center offers a selection of musical instruments. Their assortment includes vintage, unique instruments, along with hard to find recordings and books. A few doors down, Photographs & Memories will take care of your old photographs, restoring even the oldest photographs. Their collections include glass plate negatives made in the beginning of the century.
Retro House Life has a large variety of cute houseware – both new and vintage. And Common Threads is a sure stop for high-end consignment clothing. Plus, Pearl St has quite a few notable galleries. One of them, Sand Dollar Gallery houses art from approximately 20 artists.
You’ll find photographs, watercolor paintings, glass art, and jewelry under one roof of this cute gallery. In that same building, you’ll also find a greenhouse. The gallery owner often hosts affordable watercolor workshops. Plus, Sand Dollar Gallery often offers great sales, discounts, and bargains on one-of-a-kind creations.
Another great, classy gallery is Bell Studio Gallery that features Colorado-themed art by local artists. It is a friendly place with cozy leather sofa in the middle of gallery covered by paintings that suggests that visitors can stop and take in the art to the fullest. The studio of Susan Bell is in the next room, so a true feeling of art space is present here.
Next to it, Polka Dot offers jewelry and accessories by local businesses. You’ll be able to find exceptional jewelry, fashionable accessories and extraordinary gifts. Nice stuff will show you around their store and sale racks.
Finally, coffee houses, plentiful around here, feature local art. For example, the historic Stella’s Coffeehaus frequently rotates artworks by painters and photographers. The Old South Pearl St has its own First Friday Art Walks and Second Saturday Music Festivals. So, be sure to check out this historic tasteful neighborhood.